Keeping Special Places Special

The Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration announces the second Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation course in 2016.

The Protected Area Learning and Research Collaboration (PALRC) is again offering this opportunity to conservation practitioners to learn and finesse their skills in the leading global management planning process: Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.

‘Keeping Special Places Special’ is a five-day intensive, residential course that equips practitioners with the best skills in developing and implementing a management planning process.

The course includes:

• Introduction to how facilitate/undertake a consultation process using the Open Standards process

• Pre-planning, setting the scene and understanding the situation

• Making the plan and seeing it through

• Plan Review: ‘Closing the Circle’

• Review support and training materials (e.g. PowerPoint presentations; guidelines for sponsors/coordinators/facilitators; “tools”; website, etc.)

• Identifying areas of the practice for which new teams would like additional support and training.

In 2015, 13 participants from the Asia Pacific region, government and non-government organisations and private participants joined in an extremely satisfying melting pot of ideas. The short course can be taken on its own or as part of one of the University of Tasmania’s courses.

”I believe that every conservation practitioner needs to understand about Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. It shapes and sharpens how we plan the conservation interventions. Following the course on Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation helps me to think more and more about how to develop strategic conservation planning. This course is indeed a good investment for everyone working as conservation practitioner.”
Intan Ritonga, Program Development Manager The Nature Conservancy – Indonesia Program

“The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation course is one of the best I’ve been to. The course was well structured and ran exceptionally smoothly, as well as varied with presentations, exercise work and field trip components. It also brought together people with diverse experiences and knowledge of environmental reserve planning and management, which provided for excellent networking opportunities. I started implementing learnings from the course within the first week of returning, which was made all the more easy with the resources that were provided. I highly recommend the course to anyone developing conservation management plans.” Lexie Webster, Senior Environmental Planner, City Planning City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) and the University of Tasmania will deliver the Planning for Adaptive Management for Protected Areas short course as part of the Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration.


The five day, live-in intensive will take place at Bronte Park, Tasmania, adjacent to the TLC’s Five Rivers Reserve, 2.5 hrs bus drive from Hobart.


Monday 25- Friday 29 January 2016


$1,950 including all food, accommodation, transport and materials

To register or for further information

Stuart Cowell +61 427 508 308

Daniel Sprod +61 428 240 007

2015 Keeping Special Places Special course participants